March 16, 2011

Thursday, Day Eight of Lent

            The Lectionary

Morning - Psalm 37, Psalm 26, Genesis 25:28, 1 Corinthians 4:6          
Evening - Psalm 49, Jeremiah 11:22, John 10:1-10

John 10:1-10
 1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


We find in John 10 the contrast between the Good Shepherd and the false shepherds that abound always.  The Good Shepherd is Christ, who comes for the benefit of His sheep, even at the cost of His own life.  He is the door through whom His sheep go in and out, and find "pasture."  The false shepherds come to fleece the flock; the Good Shepherd comes to save the flock.  Following Christ's journey to the cross is a constant reminder that He died to save us.  He gave His life to save His sheep.  There is in this passage another issue, namely the question of whose sheep we are.  Christ's sheep know His voice and follow Him.  They will not follow another.  Whose voice do we follow?

            Devotional Thoughts

Self examination is tough, but necessary.  It requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves, which is why few people actually do it. It also requires us to be thorough.  We must look below the surface, meaning we examine things like attitudes as well as actions.  Attitudes are mind sets and values upon which actions are based. Do I have attitudes of self-importance, looking out for number one, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, anger, grudge bearing?  What must I change that I may have more of an attitude of Godliness?